CCSD Superintendent Jara: Distance learning plan laid out but thousands of students don’t have access to technology

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara discussed with school board members that the district can’t provide all of its students with distance learning even though it is being required by the state.

CCSD was the only school district, out of 17, in Nevada that didn’t submit a plan for distance learning while schools are closed due to coronavirus. The district learning was set to begin statewide today.

During an emergency meeting Monday morning between Jara and school board members, a plan was laid out for distance learning. According to Jara who submitted a letter to the Nevada State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert on Sunday. A plan could not be submitted until it went before the CCSD School Board of Trustees.

Jara explained there were issues in CCSD that needed to be addressed because distance learning could not be provided to all students. Out of the district’s 320,000 students, 120,000 don’t have access to technology. He referred to it as a “digital divide.” He said wording needed to be added to CCSD’s plan to reflect that learning from home is not guaranteed.

“For me to sign off to say that each pupil will have distance learning, that is not something that we can guarantee,” he said.

He did say the district would do its best to provide distance learning education the students.

CCSD put forth a plan that would have students who do have access to go online to continue with their learning and those who don’t have technology will be able to pick up paper packets at CCSD distribution sites across the valley.

The district will also explore other options, such as allowing students to check out Chrome books and possibly mailing assignments home.

 It is also important to note, at the moment assignments are not being graded. On Wednesday, CCSD will announce how the roughly 7,000 seniors will earn credits for graduation. There is also no definitive plan yet for senior events, such as prom, graduation, and awards.

Trustee Danielle Ford criticized the board saying they did not move fast enough and that they should’ve acted sooner.

Concerns were also raised about how the impact of coronavirus on the economy will affect the school budget for next year.

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